A recent study that was conducted at the University of Granada suggests that dog owners who take their dogs out for walk are 78% more likely to contract the corona virus. The researchers studied the behavior of 2,086 people in Spain. 41% of those surveyed were middle-aged between 40 – 54 years of age.
Even though the study reveals that the owners have higher threats there is still no clear indication if dog to human transmission is possible or not. More research is needed to determine if dogs play a direct role in spreading the virus or is the result of the socializing of the owners. They also said that there is no risk in keeping cats and other pets.
Cristina Sanchez Gonzalez, who led the study, said, “In the midst of a pandemic and in the absence of an effective treatment or vaccine, preventive hygiene measures are the only salvation, and these measures should also be applied to dogs, which, according to our study, appear to directly or indirectly increase the risk of contracting the virus.”
The study also revealed that accepting supermarket deliveries have also increased the risk by 94% and has been found o be more dangerous than actually visiting the super market. As for working from the office, the risk increased to 76% percent.